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February 7, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hawaii's Senate called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages while approving a new law that would give gay and lesbian couples many of the benefits of married heterosexuals. The first bill would allow Hawaiians to vote in 1998 on a constitutional amendment giving the state the power to approve only opposite-sex marriages, as long as the marriage laws don't discriminate on the basis of gender.
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September 29, 2002 | AARON ZITNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii), an ardent liberal and feminist who served 24 years in Congress, died Saturday. She was 74 and had been battling viral pneumonia for several weeks. Mink died at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, her Washington office said. She had been treated there since Aug. 30 for the pneumonia, which stemmed from chickenpox. Mink was elected to Congress in 1964 and left office in 1977 to run for the Senate, a race she lost.
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NEWS
January 25, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bill that would give same-sex couples some of the rights of married couples but not allow them to actually wed was approved in Honolulu by the state House. The 41-4 vote in favor came hours before more than 3,000 supporters of a ban on same-sex marriages held a raucous demonstration outside the the Capitol. It also followed the House's passage of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would undo state court rulings allowing same-sex marriages.
NEWS
March 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Hawaii House approved two bills Thursday to allow competent, terminally ill adults to seek a doctor's assistance in ending their lives. Approval came after nearly two hours of emotional, sometimes personal, floor debate on the legal, moral and ethical implications of doctor-assisted suicide.
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | From Reuters
Hawaii is set to become the first state to enact a medical marijuana law through its Legislature, following passage of a bill in the state Senate legalizing the medical use of the drug. Once the bill is signed by Gov. Ben Cayetano, Hawaii will join seven other states with similar laws. The laws in those states, however, were the result of ballot initiatives.
NEWS
April 30, 1997 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Hawaii Legislature on Tuesday passed the most sweeping package of rights and benefits ever given to nontraditional couples in the United States. The measure, which takes effect July 1, falls short of allowing same-sex couples to marry, but gives those who register as "reciprocal beneficiaries" about 60 benefits, including medical insurance and survivorship rights.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hawaii on Wednesday became the first state to use legislation to approve the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. While signing the bill into law, Gov. Ben Cayetano said it was one aspect of his effort to make Hawaii the health care center of the Pacific. "I'm glad to see this bill before me," he said. "My own feeling is more states are going to come on."
NEWS
March 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Hawaii House approved two bills Thursday to allow competent, terminally ill adults to seek a doctor's assistance in ending their lives. Approval came after nearly two hours of emotional, sometimes personal, floor debate on the legal, moral and ethical implications of doctor-assisted suicide.
NEWS
April 26, 1994 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In this state celebrated for its tolerance of cultural diversity, lawmakers are scrambling to derail a court case they fear has gone too far. The Legislature passed a bill Monday to prevent Hawaii from becoming the first state to allow people of the same sex to marry. But there is no guarantee that the courts will agree. "Now is not the time to embark on a bold experiment that would take us further along the road of deteriorating family values," warned state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2002 | AARON ZITNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii), an ardent liberal and feminist who served 24 years in Congress, died Saturday. She was 74 and had been battling viral pneumonia for several weeks. Mink died at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, her Washington office said. She had been treated there since Aug. 30 for the pneumonia, which stemmed from chickenpox. Mink was elected to Congress in 1964 and left office in 1977 to run for the Senate, a race she lost.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hawaii on Wednesday became the first state to use legislation to approve the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. While signing the bill into law, Gov. Ben Cayetano said it was one aspect of his effort to make Hawaii the health care center of the Pacific. "I'm glad to see this bill before me," he said. "My own feeling is more states are going to come on."
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | From Reuters
Hawaii is set to become the first state to enact a medical marijuana law through its Legislature, following passage of a bill in the state Senate legalizing the medical use of the drug. Once the bill is signed by Gov. Ben Cayetano, Hawaii will join seven other states with similar laws. The laws in those states, however, were the result of ballot initiatives.
NEWS
April 30, 1997 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Hawaii Legislature on Tuesday passed the most sweeping package of rights and benefits ever given to nontraditional couples in the United States. The measure, which takes effect July 1, falls short of allowing same-sex couples to marry, but gives those who register as "reciprocal beneficiaries" about 60 benefits, including medical insurance and survivorship rights.
NEWS
February 7, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hawaii's Senate called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages while approving a new law that would give gay and lesbian couples many of the benefits of married heterosexuals. The first bill would allow Hawaiians to vote in 1998 on a constitutional amendment giving the state the power to approve only opposite-sex marriages, as long as the marriage laws don't discriminate on the basis of gender.
NEWS
January 25, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bill that would give same-sex couples some of the rights of married couples but not allow them to actually wed was approved in Honolulu by the state House. The 41-4 vote in favor came hours before more than 3,000 supporters of a ban on same-sex marriages held a raucous demonstration outside the the Capitol. It also followed the House's passage of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would undo state court rulings allowing same-sex marriages.
NEWS
April 26, 1994 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In this state celebrated for its tolerance of cultural diversity, lawmakers are scrambling to derail a court case they fear has gone too far. The Legislature passed a bill Monday to prevent Hawaii from becoming the first state to allow people of the same sex to marry. But there is no guarantee that the courts will agree. "Now is not the time to embark on a bold experiment that would take us further along the road of deteriorating family values," warned state Sen.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2011
Several states are considering legislation to collect sales tax on Internet purchases. Three bills have become law so far and one is awaiting a governor's signature. Here's a rundown: Legislation enacted New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island Legislation passed Illinois Legislation pending California, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Mississippi, Vermont Legislation vetoed Hawaii Legislation failed Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin Source: Tax Foundation; National Conference of State Legislatures
NATIONAL
March 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Gov. Linda Lingle and other Hawaii leaders won a promise Tuesday of prompt Senate action on legislation to give native Hawaiians the same rights of self-government enjoyed by American Indians and native Alaskans.
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